Andrew L. Sommer

General Counsel at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

Andrew L. Sommer

Andrew L. Sommer

General Counsel at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

Biography

Over a period of more than 30 years, both in the US and in Europe, Andrew ("Andy") Sommer has represented private equity firms, financial service and other companies and their boards of directors on domestic and international acquisitions, dispositions, capital markets transactions and joint ventures.

Mr. Sommer joined Debevoise in 1983 and became a partner in 1991 and the firm’s General Counsel in 2011. Mr. Sommer was based for more than eight years in the firm’s European offices, most recently in London from 2000 to 2005 where he served as the managing partner. He received his J.D. cum laude from New York University in 1983, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and of the Journal of International Law and Politics, and his A.B. from Brown University in 1978. From 1978-80, Mr. Sommer was the Press Officer/Editor of the U.S. Helsinki Watch Committee.

Mr. Sommer has been a frequent author and speaker on legal developments affecting the private equity and insurance industries. He is a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. Publications include "Seeing Through SWFs," The Deal (January 2009), “Insurance Sidecars,” Private Equity Manager (October 2006), “Welcome to the Club,” The Deal (June 2006), “Vendor Due Diligence Reports -- Is It ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ for Buyers in Europe?,” The M&A Lawyer (January 2006) and “Private Equity Investments in Insurance Companies,” Insurance and Investment Management M&A (2008).

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The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division at United States Department of Justice

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Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Chief Counsel, Federal Policy & Advocacy at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Chief Development Officer at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Chief Human Resources Officer at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Chief of Staff at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.

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Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Andrew L. Sommer
General Counsel at The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc.
Education
JD with cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1983

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

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Class of 1978

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

Memberships
Member
Prior

This student-run publication is devoted to commentary on contemporary issues in international and comparative law. JILP features articles on international legal topics by leading scholars and practitioners, as well as notes, case comments, and book annotations written by Journal members.

Career History
Managing Partner
1983 - Prior

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Press Officer & Editor
1978 - 1980

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

General Counsel
2020 - Current

The Center for Reproductive Rights, Inc. has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. They attorneys have boldly used legal and human rights tools to create this world. They are the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law. They groundbreaking cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies have expanded access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information. They influence the law outside the courtroom as well, documenting abuses, working with policymakers to promote progressive measures, and fostering legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights. The company is headquartered in New York, NY

Political Donations
$2,000
2017

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the only organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to elect Democrats – and give President Obama the help he needs on Capitol Hill to move our country forward.

$2,500
2016
$250
2016

Partner at Leftwich & Ludaway LLC

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Primo Water Corp. (Inactive) purchases Culligan International Co. /Vending Water from Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

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Aon Plc purchases Hewitt Associates, Inc.

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Aon Plc, Bidco purchase Benfield Group Ltd.

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Contributing Author

The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise and Plimpton Private Equity Report

Contributing Author

Debevoise and Plimpton Private Equity Report

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